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NASCAR World Reacts To Clint Bowyer's Special Drive

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 18: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Toco Warranty Ford, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, lead the field during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Ahead of Sunday's GEICO 500, Clint Bowyer drove a lap around the Talladega Superspeedway in honor of Davey Allison.

Bowyer rode Allison's iconic No. 28 vehicle to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the former driver's first NASCAR Cup Series victory. As a rookie, Allison won the Winston 500 in his home state of Alabama.

While riding the historic car, Bowyer expressed his giddiness to fellow FOX Sports analyst Larry McReynolds. The former racer didn't want to leave for in his in-booth duties.

"What an honor to drive this thing around a legendary race track, legendary driver in Davey Allison. Man, what a cool experience this is," Bowyer shouted over the powerful engine. "... I'm telling you, I ain't coming off the track. They're gonna have to come get me."

The touching tribute at Talladega tugged at heartstrings.

Allison won 19 races over his career and finished second to his father, Bobby Allison, at the 1988 Dayton 500 before dying in a helicopter accident in 1993. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019.

It was a fitting way to kick off the afternoon's race in Lincoln.